If you are not a builder or a skilled at DIY then knowing how to best start and finish a project is a key factor when taking on a home improvement project.
It can be a rather intimidating prospect if you haven’t landscaped a garden, replaced a kitchen or built a conservatory before. Being organised and well prepared will ensure the project is completed on time, on budget and successfully.
If you imagine that the planning stage is the foundations of your project you will have a strong base onto which to build your idea.
Plan your home improvement project.
Know your limitations if you are able to do all the work on the project yourself then that’s great but, if your skill sets don’t cover all the areas then get in a professional to help you out.
Have a budget and then a contingency fund should you run out of money. If you have ever watched Grand Designs you will know most large scale DIY projects go over budget!
If you are thinking of making major alterations to your property ask an estate agent if the work you intend to do will actually add value to your home and you will see a return on your investment.
Use the internet for ideas and inspiration.
Find out if the work you intend to do will require planning permission and does it comply with building regulations. Check with your local council
Plan how much time you need to set aside for the project be realistic and factor in that if you hit any problems that the project could over run. Have a backup plan in place in case this should happen. If you have taken a week off work to build your conservatory and you run out of time can you get someone else in to finish it off or will you be able to finish it in the evenings or weekends.
If you are unsure about any aspect of your project ask an expert that’s what they are there for. Don’t be shy!
Make sure the project compliments your property rather than distracts from it.
Purchase the best quality products that your budget allows, using the best you can afford will make for a better build and last longer.
When the above areas have all been sorted you are ready to begin your home improvement project. When the project is complete, give yourself a pat on the back!